The Famous Grouse 40YO oldest whisky to dateBy Becky Paskin
The Famous Grouse is releasing its oldest and most exclusive edition to date, a 40-year-old blended Scotch whisky, which will launch in Schipol Airport.
Just 276 hand-engraved decanters of the exclusive blend have been created in partnership with Scottish designers Timorous Beasties, each completed with a Scottish silver stopper and presented in a luxury wooden gift box.
The blend of whiskies from four Sherry casks is described as having an “intensely fruity, fragrant and slightly spicy” flavour with notes of “ripe mango, crushed coriander, cardamom and dill” on the nose with “banana and citrus along with gingerbread and a light peat smoke” on the palate.
Gordon Motion, current master blender for The Famous Grouse, said: “I am privileged to have been able to play a part in the creation of this exceptional 40 year old blend and complete the task first started by the former master blender John Ramsay over 40 years ago.
“The release of this decanter is a landmark day in the history of The Famous Grouse, being the oldest blended malt every created by this company so rich in heritage.”
The Famous Grouse 40 Year Old (47.3% abv), will be launched exclusively into Schipol Airport from August 2013, before being rolled out to global travel retail in October 2013.
From November, the blend will be available in select domestic markets including Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and Australia. It is also available to buy at The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff, Scotland and via its website for £2,000.